Mike Zimmer was asked via Zoom a couple weeks ago if he thought it was fair for NFL owners to fire head coaches during a global pandemic that’s wiped out the offseason, canceled the preseason and is now throwing weekly curveballs the likes of which no other regular season has ever seen.
“I don’t think it’s right,” the Vikings coach said. “Just my personal opinion, the way the season has been. It’s not right but that’s just how it goes. It’s a business that’s results-oriented. I guess no one really cares.”
At the time, only two NFL head coaches had fallen. Zimmer had coached against Houston’s Bill O’Brien the day before O’Brien got fired as coach and general manager at 0-4. Two weeks later, Zim coached against the Falcons right after they fired Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff for starting 0-5.
Last week, Detroit reminded us there’s a new Ford in town. And this one — Sheila Ford Hamp, who replaced her mother, Martha Firestone Ford — has pulled her first trigger just five months into her new gig as acting owner.
The Thanksgiving Day debacle against Houston was the final pratfall for coach Matt Patricia, who went 13-29-1, and general manager Bob Quinn, the man who was so eager to hire his buddy Patricia that he fired Jim Caldwell, who reached the playoffs twice and had three winning seasons in four years in Detroit.
“It clearly wasn’t…